Welcome to St. Thomas More Parish
We, the faith community of St. Thomas More, confirm our commitment to our Lord and brother, Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life. We center on the Eucharist and the embodiment of Catholic family values. We commit to love of neighbor: hospitality and compassion; nurturing and enrichment; empathy and social justice, emphasizing the contemporary needs of the church and the poor.
Households of Discipleship 6/24/20
A Blessing for Today...
For the Interim Timeby John O'DonohueWhen near the end of the day, life has drainedOut of light, and it is too soonFor the mind of night to have darkened things,In this wan light, even trees seem groundless.In a while it will be night, but nothingHere seems to believe the relief of dark.You are in this time of the interimWhere everything seems withheld.The path you took, to get here has washed out;The way forward is still concealed from you.“The old is not old enough to have died away;The new is still too young to be born.”You cannot lay claim to anythingIn this place of dusk,Your eyes are blurred;And there is no mirror.Everyone else has lost sight of your heartAnd you can see nowhere to put your trust;You know you have to make your own way through.As far as you can, hold your confidence.Do not allow your confusion to squanderThis call which is looseningYour roots in false ground,That you might come freeFrom all you have outgrown.What is being transfigured here is your mind,And it is difficult and slow to become new.The more faithfully you can endure here,The more refined your heart will becomeFor your arrival in the new dawn.Mass June 27/28Please sign up for the Mass time you plan to attend this weekend. We are limiting attendance to 25% occupancy to keep everyone safe.5 pm Saturday, June 278 am Sunday, June 2810 am Sunday, June 28
Mealtime Moments...Share your thoughts on the following question.What has been the happiest day of your life so far and why?Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and dwelling together on what gives us joy is a simple spiritual practice for your household.
Phase 2 is here!
Listening Session: What is God asking St. Thomas More to do today and in the months to come?As we reboot the parish, we will be holding two listening sessions to help us discern God's call during this time of transition. Listening sessions will be:Sunday, July 12 11:30 am -1 pmorWednesday, August 19, 6:30-8 pm
Together in prayer...Here are the prayer intentions from our prayer line (phone) and online prayer basket. Join in the prayers for your fellow St. Thomas More parishioners!
Prayer Space Pictures...We still have some left... we'll be starting a new theme soon. What picture theme would you suggest?Here is Karen Rickert's prayer space.Sacraments: If you plan to attend Mass this weekend, you can sign up using the sign up form above or on the website or by calling the office. We are limiting attendance to 25% of our capacity to keep everyone safe.The sacrament of Confirmation is on hold for the moment as we wait for direction from the diocese. We are celebrating weddings and funerals and baptisms and anointing of the sick with some precautions in place.The Sacrament of Reconciliation will return to our regular schedule (see below for details). We have resumed the public celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass with precautions (see above for details).Our regular schedule for celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation begins this weekend (4:15 pm on Saturday and 9:15-9:45 am on Sunday).You can begin to bring in your Rice Bowls. We will be collecting them and sending on the money to Catholic Relief Services.Phone ministry continues. You may be receiving a call from a staff member or parishioner to see how you are doing, pray with you, and offer any assistance we can. We will never ask for money over the phone and will identify ourselves as being from St. Thomas More. This is one way we can stay connected during this difficult time.
Give us your Feedback...Let us know what you want in our Wednesday Flocknote by replying. We want this to be useful to you as we grow as disciples of Jesus.
Welcome back to Mass!
Phase 2: Return of Public Celebration of Masses
St Thomas More is pleased to announce the return to Public Masses with Moderate Limits on Public Gatherings and Moderate Social Distancing beginning the weekend of June 13-14. Phase 2 will continue for several weeks. We do not have a date set at this time for when we will enter Phase 3, which would be "back to normal."
- Guidelines for the return to these public Masses in Phase 2 are listed here.
- Guiding principles for the the phases are located here.
- Please sign up for the Mass you plan on attending so we can monitor the number of attendees.
Please sign up for July 4 and 5 Mass times by clicking here.
We are happy to welcome you back to the celebration of the Mass in this limited way. See you soon!
For those who are not able to attend Mass in person due to being in a high risk category for contracting the virus or other reasons, or for visitors who are considering joining St Thomas More Parish or the Catholic Church, we invite you to view the live streams of the Masses on our Facebook page. The live streams are being recorded and are available to view after the Masses in the Videos section of the Facebook page.
Thank you for being the amazing catholic community that you are!